Local Investment of Funds

The United Way of Muskingum, Perry and Morgan Counties (UWMPM) will make an impact in the tri-county region over the next 12 months by investing in 22 programs in the areas of income, health care, education, and essential services.  

In 2013, the UW Board of Directors chose to open the funding application process to any non-profit agency that was advancing the work of the 13 outcomes listed on the Community Impact Matrix. Applicants were asked to identify which outcome their program addressed and how they were meeting the community’s needs.

In April, nine community leaders with diverse professional skills and backgrounds began reviewing 26 applications. These leaders have donated over 280 hours to review the applications and make funding recommendations to the United Way Board of Directors. Investment Committee members evaluated each program application in the following categories: program description, program results, outcome measurement, past performance (status of previous investment), coordination with other resources, budget, resource management and application protocol.

Investment committee member and Board of Directors member Diane Jones states, “As a member of the investment committee and Board, I am pleased with the progress UW of MPM is making in funding programs around community impact outcomes.”

The Investment Committee members are:
Kelly Ashby, Zanesville Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce
Beverly Huth, Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department
Diane Jones, Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center
Mary Jane Shackelford, Barnes Advertising
Brenda Larrick, WHIZ Media Group
Vickey Taylor, Huntington Bank
Blair Tom, Muskingum County Library System
David Weinberg, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Jason Wilhelm, Century National Bank
 

In line with the committee’s recommendations, the United Way Board has made a commitment to support positive change in the outcomes areas of income, education, health care, and essential services. Here is a summary of the investment in these respective areas and the specific outcomes the programs are advancing:
 

Income:  $120,066 for financial management and independent living assistance in Muskingum, Perry and Morgan Counties.

Program Name Agency Name United Way Investment

Donor Choice Investment*
(aka Designations)

Payee Services Catholic Social Services $30,558.00 $5,229.00
Utility Assistance Program The Salvation Army $32,931.00  

 

Education:  $241,565 for youth development and education in Muskingum, Perry and Morgan Counties.

Program Name Agency Name United Way Investment

Donor Choice Investment*
(aka Designations)

Boy Scouts Muskingum Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America $8,500.00 $3,068.83
Cub Scouts Muskingum Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America $18,350.00  $3,068.83
Youth Program Eastside Community Ministry $46,584.00 $11,243.02
Youth Program Zanesville Civic League Community Center $28,003.00 $2,743.62
Upward Sports Fisrt Baptist Church of Zanesville $6,000  
Youth Mentoring Big Brothers Big Sisters of Zanesville $39,713.00 $10,588.76
Summer Day Camp Muskingum Family YMCA $19,184.00 $1,888.34
Back to School Bash Perry County Health Department $1,000.00  
Ohio College Guides Program Scholarship Central Access Program  $12,698.00  
Youth Program The Life Well $13,610.00  
Kindergarten Backpack Event Muskingum Families and Children First  $500.00  
Read for 20 Muskingum County Literacy Council  $4,400.00  $283.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Care and Safety: $54,135 for blood donation services and disaster relief in Muskingum, Perry and Morgan Counties.

Program Name Agency Name United Way Investment

Donor Choice Investment*
(aka Designations)

Field of Dreams Projects The Fieldhouse Foundation $8,800.00  
Student Assistance Services Morgan Behavioral Health Choices $14,100.00 $925.22
Blood Services Muskingum Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross $9,540.00  $6,304.43
Summer Swim Lessons/Water Safety Muskingum Family YMCA $7,692.00 $1,888.33

 

Safety Net/Essential Services:  $231,629 for social services “safety net” programs such as hot meal programs, homebound meal programs, and homelessness prevention and shelter.

Program Name Agency Name United Way Investment

Donor Choice Investment*
(aka Designations)

Emergency Relief Services Eastside Community Ministry $30,965.00  $1,000.00
Emergency Services Muskingum Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross $26,657.00 $6,304.44
Emergency Shelter Program The Salvation Army $28,500.00 $10,547.50
Hot Meal Program The Salvation Army $12,215.00  

*The Donor Choice Investment was not used in the decision making of the United Way of MPM investment.

This investment includes discretionary investment, designations, UW initiatives 2-1-1, the Financial Stability Partnership, the Muskingum County Kindergarten School Supply Giveaway event, and the Perry County Back to School Bash. In addition to this $653,083, UW allots $47,234 to pledge loss. Investor specified designations to programs have already begun to be distributed.

United Way of MPM is proud to report that $415,766 or 64% of investment is going to programs that provide direct services within Community Impact. The other $231,629 or 36%, is meeting the essential service needs. Fifty-eight percent of Community Impact investment is in the education focus, helping youth improve behavior, social interaction, school readiness and the transition to work or higher education for youth in the tri-county region.

United Way Executive Director Meg Deedrick states, “This process is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people. Community members volunteer to raise this money and decide where it should be spend to produce the greatest outcomes. The purpose of this process is to support our words with action to improve the quality of life in Muskingum, Perry and Morgan Counties. We believe the decisions made by the Investment Committee and UW Board will ultimately make our communities a better place in which to live and work.”

For a complete list of individual programs and investment amounts, please go to our website, www.unitedwayofmpm.org.